Is Wine the Gateway Drug to Caring About Climate Change?

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I have said it before and I will say it again: Drinking and enjoying wine from around the world is a gateway drug for caring about climate change.

Because global warming and climate change is impacting wine regions around the world, including Australia which is being celebrated with #ShirazWeek in Vancouver , check out this AUS climate change booklet published last week, Feb. 15 2015, which seeks to improve public understanding on this global topic in order to curb carbon emissions by answering these questions:

  1. What is climate change?
  2. How has climate changed?
  3. Are human activities causing climate change?
  4. How do we expect climate to evolve in the future?
  5. How are extreme events changing?
  6. How are sea levels changing?
  7. What are the impacts of climate change?
  8. What are the uncertainties and their implications?
  9. What does science say about options to address climate change?

According to the report, “For Australia, a warmer future will likely mean that extreme precipitation is more intense and more frequent, interspersed with longer dry spells.” Scientists say that up to 50 species in the Wet Tropics bioregion in north Queensland may go extinct with a 5-degree temperature increase which will become more common in the next 50 years.

For my day job, I teach writing at a community college and this semester I have a student from Queensland. His family owns over 200,000 acres, and several times he has mentioned the recent and on-going devastating fires and drought in the region.

Read more about the challenges to this year’s harvest in AUS here.

No time to read a report? Here’s a quick video which they produced:

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